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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sketchcrawl 26 - Macquarie St

A really great sketchcrawl today – 14 people and we explored the most important and historic street in Sydney on a gloriously warm (but not hot) summers day!!
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_01 Early Morning
started earlier than normal but just had to do a few quick sketches to start my day
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_02 St Marys
I decided that I wanted to get into the city early and to take 45mins to do a building sketch – a slow down (rather than a warm up)
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_03 Meeting Cafe
We met up at a cafĂ© which was a great way to start a sketchcrawl – food and drink, chatting and most people got sketching straight away!!


BTW this was a good earl grey tea (not that you care- I know...)
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_04 Barracks
The Hyde Park Barracks is the first refined building to be built in Australia. I have been reading some architectural history in preparation for today – so added some notes down the side.
I had the strangest shaky hand at this time – look at my linework. At work I nromally draw the wobbly architectural lines but this was me trying to draw straight. Don’t know what caused it as I felt calm – just my hand was shaking! Weird!

100227 Sketchcrawl 20_05 St James
Next, another important building by Francis Greenway – my hand was back to normal now – I would love to go back and sketch some more...
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_06 Lunch
Lunch and another earl grey – sketching is tiring work!

Group photo - 2 missing from this - Rayni and James - I took the first one hence the insert
Sketchbook group photo!
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_07 Hospital Courtyard
A few more looser sketches (starting to get tired) from the hospital courtyard – there is so much to sketch in this part of town.
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_08 Afternoon Tea
Back at T2 Tearoom Macquarie Centre on my way home
100227 Sketchcrawl 20_09 Map
Map summarising the day... Wow this is my most productive sketchcrawl – and in fact I am still buzzing from it!


  1. Y'all had a great Sketch Crawl already, and I'm just getting up and getting dressed to go Crawl in about 30 minutes! It's only 8 a.m. Saturday, here! Now I'm a little more inspired by seeing what you did!
    We've met at coffee shops, restaurants, etc. previously. Trying a library downtown this time. Hope we get a group this time!

  2. You certainly had a busy day! Looks like a wonderful group and great weather. I love all the pics.

  3. What a delightful post, as always! I am getting ready to go to a sketchcrawl today here in the PNW.

  4. Wonderful sketches! It's odd to think your sketchcrawl is over when my day is still going! Lovely work.

  5. Wow! You got so much done and it's all so interesting and lovely! nancy

  6. Fabulous!!!! And it looks like so much fun indeed :) I really wish that I could do something like that someday, but I guess first I need to get rid of this fear of drawing in public.
    I really like the sketches, they are all amazing ^^

  7. Everyone looks like they had a wonderful time! And you got so many great sketches out of it.

  8. That looked like a lot of fun!

    Wonderful drawings!

  9. I am so amazed at how much you can pack in a day's worth of sketching, Liz! They are so fluid, as if you captured the scene in mere minutes. What a wonderful day you must have all had!

    -Krista Meister

  10. Wonderful post and a very successful sketchcrawl! Love all your sketches! Maybe that shaking and the buzz you feel are related to all your tea?? :0

  11. What an awesomely productive day you managed. Thxs for sharing.